George Lohstroh, a farmer from the Mt. Sterling area, was appointed by the county commissioners to the board of Madison County Hospital (MCH). Actually there are two boards for the hospital: Lohstroh has been appointed to what CEO Dana Ingle called the “hospital inc.” board. Ingle said that board is comprised of nine local people who govern or appoint persons to the Madison County Community Hospital Board, which is also comprised of nine members.
“It’s the board that makes the day-to-day decisions,” Ingle said.
Lohstroh was nominated by Dave Joselin, also from Mt. Sterling and a retiring board member and thought Lohstroh would be a good fit. Lohstroh had worked as a field service engineer for a hematology company.
Ingle reviewed the hospital’s three goals for the hospital:
• Working to improve and enhance what MCH does, “to provide a WOW experience,” Ingle said.
• Aggressively recruiting additional physicians to move into the area. “We have great physicians but not enough of them,” Ingle said.
• Improving the hospital’s partnership with OSU hospital and Mount Carmel Hospital. “There’s a lot we can do to benefit the community and promote them,” Ingle said.
Ingle said the hospital’s alliance with OSU and Mount Carmel is good because “they’re helping us to recruit more physicians. You couldn’t position Madison County Hospital any better,” Ingle said.
He said no other hospital has such an alliance.
Ingle said physicians coming out of residency want to be employed and do not want to set up their own practices. The alliance will allow MCH to potentially hire physicians.
Ingle also said the build-out of the upper floor of the Park Avenue Medical Building will be moving forward in anticipation of welcoming more physicians.
“The space will be ready this summer,” Ingle said.
The barrier to providing more medical services is the shortage of physicians. Pulmonary and neurology physicians are needed.
“We don’t have enough personal care physicians in the community,” Ingle said.
Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 17 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.